About Red Wines from Argentina

About Red Wines from Argentina
Argentina is the fifth largest wine producing country in the world and much of that has to do with one wine, Malbec, which has become synonymous for Argentinean wine. By far, the most widely planted variety -red or white - in the country (almost twice as much planted as the next red variety, Bonarda), Malbec with its deep color, ripe berry fruit and light, peppery spice, has become wildly popular with consumers, looking for a flavorful red at the right price. There are dozens of very fine examples of Malbec from the Mendoza region available on USA retail shelves for $12-$16. Some of these same producers are also crafting $25 and version of Malbec, to show the aging ability and potential of the variety; these are not yet sales successes for the most part. There are other notable reds produced in the country, namely Bonarda, Cabernet Sauvignon and Syrah. As for white wine, the signature variety is Torrontes, a medium-bodied white with light pear and tropical fruit flavors that is a pleasant sipper or partner with lighter seafood.

Top Picks for Argentina

Red Wines

Algodon Wine Estates 2012 PIMA Argentina
95 points
$100
Garnet black color. Inviting aromas and flavors of chocolate nut bar, olives, and pickled cherries with a satiny, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a seamless, complex, very long finish with overtones of dried berries, pomegranate herb vinaigrette, smoked nuts, and earth with fine, chewy tannins and moderate oak flavor. A silky, stately red blend that entices and delights the palate into another sip.
Algodon Wine Estates 2012 Gran Cuvee Winemaker Selection Argentina
94 points
$55
Garnet black color. Aromas and flavors of blackberry pie a la mode, gherkin and cocktail onion, chocolate toffee, and conditioned leather with a velvety, bright, dry-yet-fruity medium-full body and a warming, compelling, medium-long finish with impressions of roasted root vegetables, berry reduction, and grilled peppers with fine, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A sumptuous and elegant red blend with a deep core of robustly savory flavors.
SonVida 2017  Malbec
92 points
$30
Black violet color. Elegant, earthy aromas of dark chocolate, grilled nuts, creme brulee, soil, vanilla, and violets with a velvety, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a complex, medium-long black cassis, plum jam, toffee, tobacco, and black tea with cream finish with heavy oak flavor. A heavily oaked, decadent Malbec with alluring complexity.
Alamos 2016 Selección Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas of stewed raspberry and blackberries, flaked dark chocolate, prociutto, ginger, nutmeg, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and an even, complex, medium-long ripe plum, black toast, and hazelnut spread finish with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layered, complex Malbec with serious body and depth; great for upscale grilled fare.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $20 and Under' Best Value Argentine Malbec
92 points $20 Best Buy
Alamos 2016 Selección Malbec
92 points
$20
Best Buy
Indigo color. Aromas and flavors of stewed raspberry and blackberries, flaked dark chocolate, prociutto, ginger, nutmeg, and sweet tea with a slightly chewy, vibrant, fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, distinctive, medium-long finish that presents touches of ripe plum, black toast, and hazelnut spread with well-integrated, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A layered, complex Malbec with serious body and depth; great for upscale grilled fare.
92 points $20 Best Buy
It’s a Headsnapper 2018  Malbec
91 points
$10
Best Buy
Dusty garnet color. Aromas and flavors of bubbly dark berry tart, chocolate graham crackers, cola float, and eucalyptus with a silky, vibrant, fruity full body and a sleek, interesting, medium-length finish revealing notes of turtle candy, blueberry tart, and cedar with soft, chewy tannins and a suggestion of oak flavor. A supple and juicy Malbec that is sure to please.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 5 Red Wine $10 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $10 Best Buy
Don Rodolfo 2019  Malbec
91 points
$11
Best Buy
Dusty deep purple color. Aromas of ripe blackberry, plum pie, red apples, bay, orange tea, and toast with a slightly chewy, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a graceful, engaging, medium-length black toast with mixed berry jam and spice cookies finish with moderate oak flavor. A juicy Malbec with the rich fruit you crave.
Awards: '2020 World Value Wine Challenge-Top 10 Red Wine $15 and Under' Exceptional Value
91 points $11 Best Buy
Pampa 2015 Family Reserve Malbec
91 points
$30
Black violet color. Jammy aromas and flavors of black cassis and star anise with a slightly chewy, crisp, dryish medium-to-full body and a smooth, interesting, medium-length finish manifesting suggestions of black tea with medium, firm tannins and moderate oak flavor. A dry yet fruity Malbec that should blossom with cellaring.
El Tractor 2017 Reserva Malbec
91 points
$14.99
Best Buy
Black ruby color. Aromas of milk chocolate, black tea, and root beer with a supple, crisp, fruity light-to-medium body and an effortless, refreshing, medium-long black currant, cola, sumac, and smoky dry rub finish. A nicely concentrated, stylish Malbec.
91 points $14.99 Best Buy
Chakana Estate 2020 Sobrenatural Organic Red Other Red
90 points
$24
Black violet color. Aromas of blueberry compote, boysenberry, ripe figs, and violet with a tannic, vibrant, dry-yet-fruity full body and a warming, medium-long black plum coulis finish. An inky, palate-owning red blend for those looking for density, brightness and impact.